We needed this.
On Wednesday, political TV genius Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Newsroom), took to Vanity Fair to write an open letter to his daughter Roxy Sorkin and her mother Julia Sorkin following Donald Trump‘s terrifying presidential win.
While many celebs have spoken out on Drumpf’s life-altering ascent to power, Aaron’s note stands out for its personal and emotional tone. We imagine the writer’s personal insight into the political realm makes him extra fearful for his family’s future.
The Emmy– and Oscar-winning writer doesn’t hold back as he paints a realistic picture of what a Trump presidency will look like. It’s clear the Hollywood heavyweight wants his loved ones fully prepared for what’s to come.
The 55-year-old writes:
“… Economists are predicting a deep and prolonged recession. Our NATO allies are in a state of legitimate fear. And speaking of fear, Muslim-Americans, Mexican-Americans and African-Americans are shaking in their shoes. And we’d be right to note that many of Donald Trump’s fans are not fans of Jews. On the other hand, there is a party going on at ISIS headquarters.”
So scary, yet so accurate.
Despite Sorkin’s depiction of a grim future, he implored Julia and Roxy to not give up regardless of the odds, arguing:
“… we’ll f*cking fight. (Roxy, there’s a time for this kind of language and it’s now.) We’re not powerless and we’re not voiceless… We do what we can to fight injustice anywhere we see it├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥whether it’s writing a check or rolling up our sleeves. Our family is fairly insulated from the effects of a Trump presidency so we fight for the families that aren’t. We fight for a woman to keep her right to choose. We fight for the First Amendment and we fight mostly for equality├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥not for a guarantee of equal outcomes but for equal opportunities. We stand up.The battle isn’t over, it’s just begun. Grandpa fought in World War II and when he came home this country handed him an opportunity to make a great life for his family. I will not hand his granddaughter a country shaped by hateful and stupid men. Your tears last night woke me up, and I’ll never go to sleep on you again.”
How powerful! We admire how Aaron acknowledges his own privilege in this letter and encourages his family to stick up for the disenfranchised.
You can read the full letter HERE.
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